July 2, 2019

Black culture has some parenting norms that have become staples in media about African American childhood. A few years ago, Denzel Washington explained to an interviewer when speaking about the “Oscars So White” movement that black culture is automatically recognizing the smell of hot combs. That’s one example. Celebrating birthday parties to the Stevie Wonder version of “Happy Birthday,” is another.

There are also some pieces...

June 25, 2019

(Halloween 2018. My daughter regularly practices yoga with me)

Something interesting came up in the live stream Chrissie shared with Christelyn Karazin this past Friday – a hang-up that I do not think I wanted to be fully aware of before I heard their sentiments. Both women openly discussed the ability of dark-skinned mothers to mixed-race children to support DDS Magazine without negative effect. I encountered this after author...

June 4, 2019

Femininity is for all women – single ladies, wifeys, and mommies. Chrissie has covered a lot of the essentials for women, but I wanted to dive deeper and cover some essentials for mothers. This list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s the most pertinent items that came to mind when I recalled how my transition from single lady to mommy went. It can be a lot to balance at times, but remaining feminine, poised, and attractive is p...

April 4, 2019

Raising a dark-skinned black daughter in today’s world is no walk in the park. Society is colorist and sexist and racist among many other things. But, thankfully, there are things we can do to alleviate the negative parts of living life as a dark-skinned black woman or girl. These six tips below will teach you how to raise a confident, well-adjusted dark-skinned black girl who values herself fully.

1. Choose The Right Person To...

March 22, 2019

When most adults think about exercising, they picture lifting weights, working out on a treadmill, or going to the gym. But for children, exercising means being physically active during school and when they are home.

Active girls benefit from regular exercise. They will:

  • grow stronger bones and muscles

  • develop a leaner body

  • be less likely to become overweight

  • have a decreased risk for developing type 2 diabete...

February 19, 2019

Working in management has taught me a lot about the qualities necessary to make it in the American workplace today. Professional climate has definitely changed since the onset of The Great Recession that began around 2008, and career longevity is no longer about securing a job at a company one can stay at for 30 years.

Job candidates have had to become much more agile in order to remain competitive in the job pool, and to sust...

January 22, 2019

Rhonda Rokki Harper, surfer 

Identity is an interesting element for all living people. It changes over time, and for some of us, it may even be fluid. But regardless of how we define ourselves and our identities, I think we can all agree that a person’s identity should at least be of their own consent and choosing. This is not always the case in our culture. Stereotypes and consistent media conditioning have communicated messag...

January 8, 2019

Growing up, I was required to do well in school. My parents did not have a ton of rules, but I was expected to do chores at home, to be respectful, and to do my best in school. My parents, like many who welcomed babies during the 1980s, placed a lot of value on education. At the time, a bachelor’s degree took candidates very far on the job market, and as loving parents, they wanted their offspring to have the best chance at su...

November 30, 2018

Raising a dark-skinned black girl has to be done with more than just good intention, but with careful thought and conscious effort. The objective is to raise a girl that, despite society’s underappreciation of her and her skin tone, has a good understanding of her immense worth and is equipped with the tools to navigate the world to her advantage. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

1. Compliment Her Dark Skin

This may...

April 3, 2018

Artist Camryn Green is showing black girls everywhere that big things can come in small packages. With the help of her mom, at just 8 years old Camryn became an entrepreneur and began selling her artwork. She has since sold 500 paintings, created a children's book and has even won awards for her work at the age of 13.

As if that isn't impressive enough, Green is also a philanthropist who uses her painting profits to give back t...

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